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Ernie Ball Music Man Sterling 5 HH Bass Black Rosewood Fretboard

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The dual humbucker Music Man Sterling is a 5-String Bass similar in shape to the Music Man StingRay, but shorter and narrower. The Sterling also features hot-rodded electronics: active 3-band preamp, ... Click To Read More About This Product

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The dual humbucker Music Man Sterling is a 5-String Bass similar in shape to the Music Man StingRay, but shorter and narrower. The Sterling also features hot-rodded electronics: active 3-band preamp, 2 Music Man humbucker pickups with hum canceling phantom coil, and unique 3-way switching (both coils in series mode, single coil, and both coils in parallel mode). Schaller BM tapered-post tuners. Volume, treble, mid, bass controls. Music Man includes a hardshell case with the 5-string Sterling Electric Bass.


  • Body Wood: Ash
  • Body Finish: High gloss polyester
  • Bridge: Standard - Music Man chrome plated, hardened steel bridge plate with stainless steel saddles; Optional - Piezo bridge with nickel plated brass saddles
  • Pickguard: Black
  • Frets: 22 - High profile, wide
  • Neck Wood: Select maple neck
  • Fingerboard: maple
  • Neck Finish: Gunstock oil and hand-rubbed special wax blend
  • Tuning Machines: Schaller BM, with tapered string posts
  • Truss Rod: Adjustable - no component or string removal
  • Neck Attachment: 5 bolts - perfect alignment with no shifting; Sculpted neck joint allows smooth access to higher frets
  • Electronic Shielding: Graphite acrylic resin coated body cavity and aluminum lined control cover
  • Controls: Dual Pickup, 3-band active preamp; vol, treble, mid, bass
  • Switching: Dual Pickup - 5-way lever pickup selector
  • Pickups: Dual Humbucking with ceramic pole pieces
  • Strings: 45w-65w-80w-100w (Super Slinky Bass #2834)
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Ernie Ball Music ManSterling 5 HH Bass

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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)


Really nice bass

By Jon McCormick

from Boise, ID

Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man Sterling 5 HH Bass:

Ordered new Sterling 5 HH after watching Youtube reviews of this bass. When it arrived action was very high and the truss rod would not budge. Called Ernie Ball, one of their techs talked me through putting pressure on the neck to loosen the rod. Still had string buzz which was due to a high fret. After having fretboard leveled I have to say this is one of the best basses I have ever owned. Super fast neck, lightweight, all kinds of different sounds available and really cuts through the mix with my band. This bass replaces some boutique basses I have owned that were much more expensive, this would blow them out of the water now that bugs are worked out. Nice job Musicman!! On a side note, before I corrected the truss rod thing Guitar Center offered to quicly replace the bass if I could not get it to work. Nice customer service Thanks

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


Perfect bass for gigs

By PinoyRakista

from Germantown, MD

Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man Sterling 5 HH Bass:

I previously owned a Musicman Stingray 4 string. I was desperate in need of a 5 string bass and Guitar Center worked out a nice trade for me. I traded plus some cash and got a 5 string Sterling. It is really nice nice of GC to work with struggling musicians like me. Although, sometimes I miss my stingray becasue musicman sterling or stingrays are both keepers. The only issue I have with this sterling bass is that it is very sensitive to temperature changes. I get occassional fret buzz when season changes. Then I just do adjustments and it is perfect again. I use my other basses for practice, but my sterling is ALWAYS used for gigs. There's something about Musicman tone that it sounds so right on stage. The tone cuts through the whole band. The tone is very definitive when you play along with a band. It also has its own character. You always know if a bassist is using a musicman becasue the tone is very identifiable and unique. I also had the chance to contact musicman customer support. they are friendly and helpful. Good job Musicman manufacturing and support. Excellent boutique bass. Right price.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


The Finest bass I have ever owned!

By Douglas Kuster

from Macomb, Illinois

Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man Sterling 5 HH Bass:

I recently picked up a Sterling 5 used, a 2009 model in Pacific Blueburst /rosewood fingerboard. This is one amazing bass, the tone and playability are unmatched. I have played bass professionally for 33 years and this is my last instrument, as personally I don't think I could ever find anything better. Going from finger style to slap is amazing as there is not need to increase volume levels or adjust EQ settings. This bass is so responsive, and does take a little getting used to because of the overall power and punch of the low end, as this bass can really throw the thunder on the low B and E. Over the years I have played Fenders, Peaveys, Carvins, Cort Artisans, and even at one time a Kubicki X-factor, a superior progressive bass of extremely high quality, but all of these basses pale in comparison to this bass. As I said before this is my last bass. Try one, and see why so many bass players are proud to be a part of the MM (Musicman) family. My only regret is why it took me so long to ever try one, many years of amazing tone and enjoyment missed out on.


Nice Bass, but maybe have a luthier inspect upon receiving.

By Dwayne

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Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man Sterling 5 HH Bass:

Very nice bass! I have owned previous Music Man basses in the past, but this is the first that I bought sight unseen. Only gripe is that a couple of the knobs were not fastened tight enough to the pot shafts that they spun freely. You think that when you would buy what I would consider a higher end bass, that would not happen. For this this I blame Music Man themselves. Don't they have some sort of quality control?

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